Winter whale-watching returns to Baja California Sur

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A humpback whale breaching. The Sea of Cortes also draws gray, finback and blue whales.
A humpback whale breaching. The Sea of Cortes also draws gray, finback and blue whales.

Winter whale-watching season has returned to Baja California Sur. The season runs annually from November through March, when the warm waters of the Sea of Cortes bring whales from the frigid waters of Alaska.

Loreto Bay National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is one of the top places to spot these gorgeous beasts. The blue whales here can grow up to about 100 feet long and weigh more than 200 tons. Further north, in Mulege, El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve calls gray whales to mate and give birth to their young within the lagoons of San Ignacio and Ojo de Liebre. Both of these are actually whale sanctuaries.

The municipality of Comondu, a small fishing village, has whale-watching excursions that visit the ports of San Carlos and Adolpfo Lopez Mateo, where visitors can spot gray, humpback and finback whales.

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